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Tuesday, December 18, 2007


by Kristin LaTour

Outside, the yellow-orange fire of leaves waves
like small hands on black, thin boughs of maple.

Inside, the TV news shows a cement truck rip into flames.
The five second shot is aired silently, over and over:
dirty window, cement truck, flames, smoke.

I cannot hear the wind outside my window
               yellow leaves
                                       black boughs
                         three more US soldiers killed

Kristin LaTour is a poet and professor living in Aurora, IL, with work published in After Hours, Rambunctious Review and Pearl and in a chapbook from Pudding House.